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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 14, 2006 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Well here it is, by request!! A weekly tradition that hopefully as a group effort we can continue for weeks to come.
I got a call from Oprah this afternoon, she'd read about our idea and was so excited, she wanted to personally drop by and check out this show with me over a few bowls. Who knew she was a Deadhead??
So - 10/29/85. Other than being one of the first shows from 1985 I collected (talkin bout 40K MP3 from deadshow.com in 1997!!) and that it remains one of my favorites from this year - this show fits some other good criteria for a weekly pick.
Amazingly, this is not a show that's widely known and traded, or at least it tends to get lost in the shuffle of what was admittedly, a year "jam" full of great shows, 1985.
My old battered Deadbase 9 doesn't even list it at all in the survey top 40 picks for that year?? Although 11/1 and 10/28 do get mention. And of course many of the June 85 shows that we all know and love.
So rather than pick a no-brainer like 6/15/85, I decided to go with this gem that hopefully will be new to some of you. The link to stream and details are here -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-10-29.sbd.hinko.21533.sbeok.shnf

1985, a year when after slowly building steam with a new keyboard player, and new material they had finally arrived at, or perhaps climbed beyond the pinnacle they had reached in 1977. Since the fall shows of 1980, with a few lapses here and there, every year had been getting better and better. Longer jams, spine-shaking B-3 playing from Brent, more inventive set lists and even, if only briefly - the return of St. Stephen (10/83) and Dark Star (7/84). Any of you who attended the 85 summer tour knows that the old magic was afoot in those days, yes indeedy.
It is interesting to speculate, that if it hadn't been for Garcia's coma the following summer, and if the band had continued on the lightning bolt of inspiration they were on in 1985 - who knows to what heights they would have ascended to by late 86-87?? As it was, IMHO, they didn't quite solidly achieve the same quality of groove again until 1989.
But I digress! There are places that the Dead loved to play. Venues that, when you see the name, you don't even have to look at the setlist - you KNOW the show is great. the Spectrum, The Greek, and the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The Dr. has been to this venue years ago, and let me tell you - it's so intimate, it's like the Dead playing in your living room, with extra seats.
One clue to watch for is when Jerry chooses to play songs similar or identical to the songs he plays with the JGB - you know he's driving the train tonight. 10/29/85 is just such a show. A more rocked out style of FOTD here in Set One, different from the reggae style versions in other years. The harmonies are very nice indeed. A hot Minglewood follows, and then the centerpiece - a lovely and laid back 11 minute Bird Song. Set One ends with a blazing Deal. Due to equipment difficulties, the set is a bit short. But don't worry, they make up for it in Set Two - in spades!
The short Space Jam into Half Step is really unique, and signals that this will be no ordinary Set Two. A lively Half Step is paired with Franklin's, a great combo that would soon be replaced by 1989 with Stranger>Franklin's, which can also be good, but I like it paired with Half Step better. This kicks off what can only be described as a "dream set", with one jam song leading seemlessly into the next. I would have to go back to 7/18/76, or perhaps 1977 to find another set as wonderfully played with so much momentum - each jam just getting more intense. Bobby delivers a great Sailor>Saint that's everything you want it to be - mystical, poetic and transcendent with some great etherial keyboard work from Brent. Jerry just rips the roof off the place with his leads on Sailor, watch your heads! A soulful Crazy Fingers follows, then an 8 minute jam into Drums - another little unique nugget in this show.
Space is weirder than poop, so look out. Mickey takes the "Bar", and sends it straight thru your brain, then Jerry lays out some very phased out guitar leads, creating a Dark Star type of ambiance. Then all descends into chaos before we hear those low twangs from Jerry, signalling The Wheel.
They take their time jamming into it, then give us an inspired, if short version before jumping off into a blazing Other One. The Wharf Rat is chilling - listen to the reverb in the hall on the vocals!! And Brokedwon for an encore??!!
Flip me over, I'm baked, grilled and deep fried!
Well that's it boys and girls. Hope you enjoy this great show as much as I do. Stay tuned next week, same channel when I pull out one of the Dr.'s all time Top Ten Shows from the 70's!! Gotta go, Oprah is in the kitchen raiding my refrigerator!
cheers,
Dr. Flashback :-)

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Sep 14, 2006 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

4 reads so far...(i'm reading it now but wanted to get this post back on top) THE First Oprah Pick - Yes!
thank you!!

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Poster: unclejohnnyd Date: Sep 15, 2006 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Here's my .02 - 85-86 are two of my least favorite years and this show doesn't change my opinion. There are some good moments - there's allmost allways at least one good moment at any Dead show imo - like the Crazy Fingers>jam but I just really do not dig their sound these years. I don't like the way Brent sounded nor do I like the way the vocals sounded. Hell I don't like the way the entire band sounded. The band usually sounded stripped down ( musically of course otherwise that'd be gross ) and tired.

Bring on the 70's or LATE 80's thru 91!!!

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Poster: Spaced Date: Sep 15, 2006 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Among the Crazy lyrics:

Recall the days that never will come, -- sing blue!

Here's to a sweeter life for Jerry now.

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Poster: Simard Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I can't believe it's actually happening. I knew you were going to pick '85. We should start a pool and pick next year's week - I mean next week's year.

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Poster: uncleJohnny Date: Sep 15, 2006 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

great review Doc
from what ive heard so far sounds like a lively show
nice mississippi 1/2 step
Looking forward to your next pick
Give Oprah my best and feed her a big fatty burito

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 16, 2006 12:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Hey Now Dr. - Mountain of paperwork conquered tonight all during set 1(COMMENTS ON MONDAY). So, set 1 heard inside thru earbuds.

Set 2, very different story. It turns out, I have a 2nd gen aud of set 2 on cassette. I plan to take it to Mt. Lassen(CA) and listen while camping in the forest. Mountain of paperwork, mountain of fun...hmmmm.

In summary, set 1 digital sbd thru earbuds. Set 2 analog aud thru Chevy speakers.

I'll let you know how this all shakes out.

P.S. - I hope to attach a picture of the cassette cover in an exotic location w/ my review.

This post was modified by high flow on 2006-09-16 07:15:37

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 19, 2006 6:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

OK OK, I know it is Tues. - Road closure(HWY 32 fuel spill) forced delayed return. And now I am too busy to write my review. (BTW, what's with the craziness here lately? It's getting awfully personal, don't ya think...?)

I will, however, post my review later today. Please stay tuned...For those who missed my post last Thursday night, here it is again..

Hey Now Dr. - Mountain of paperwork conquered tonight all during set 1(COMMENTS ON MONDAY). So, set 1 heard inside thru earbuds.

Set 2, very different story. It turns out, I have a 2nd gen aud of set 2 on cassette. I plan to take it to Mt. Lassen(CA) and listen while camping in the forest. Mountain of paperwork, mountain of fun...hmmmm.

In summary, set 1 digital sbd thru earbuds. Set 2 analog aud thru Chevy speakers.

I'll let you know how this all shakes out.

P.S. - I hope to attach a picture of the cassette cover in an exotic location w/ my review.

This post was modified by high flow on 2006-09-20 01:21:34

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 19, 2006 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85 // review

Hey Now - Very excited to review Oprah's 1st pick.

As stated in earlier posts, I listened to set 1 at home via sbd source thru earbuds. Magnificent sound quality here. Set 1 is short but sweet. For me, the highlight were Birdsong(obvious), Minglwood(which Jerry ripped) and Hell in a Bucket. I just had not listened to Hell in a Bucket for a while and there was a moment which sent me back to a more innocent time in my life, before I was tired of this and other Bobby tunes.

Set 2 was much more interesting for me. In the truck, at a campsite over 6000' elevation, I listened via Chevy Truck(delco) stereo. I have had a 2nd gen aud of this show since 1990. Needless to say, this set is burned on my brain. It's one of those tapes on which I know every note. However, it has been at least 10 years since I have listened to this complete set.

The set gets off to a running start, then settles into Sailor->Saint->Crazy, which all fits nicely. Past that, I had totally forgotten about Phil plucking hard on TOO and Wharfrat. It all came rushing back. After those 2 songs the set ends on a vanilla note w/ Johnny B. and the ever-present venue-closer Brokedown(which is always welcome, but never earth-shattering).

Overall, a 4.5 star show. 5 for sound and 4 for performance because of the abbreviated 1st set and ordinary finish.

That said, it is extremely gratifying to be writing this. Thanks to Dr. Flashback for pickin' the show. Unless I missed something, I assume there will be a new release on Thursday!!

I am on pins and needles!

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Poster: appstatepitt Date: Sep 15, 2006 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Just finished listening to this show and really enjoyed it! Nice pick. I was thinking that this was going to be a trip down the list of the best rated shows. Glad to see that this looks like it is going to be filled with little gems along the way!

Thanks Dr.

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Poster: MysticTraveler Date: Sep 15, 2006 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

much appreciated..what a great idea!!

won't be of much help [historical-wise] as I'm a "late bloomer" on the GD scene..and still haven't figured that one out %)..WTF was I thinkin back in 69-74...enjoying all the music from THAT day and overlooking COMPLETELY these guys...Phil Lesh's book was the catalyst and boys, let me tell you, the "music hasn't stopped" since...

very "Grateful" for this site and you guys

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 14, 2006 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

YAWN...

Somehow I'm not surprised.
With all the mind-boggling jams available from spring 1967 through 1977, etc. Oprah launches with a show from uninspiring 1985?
There is too much amazing music here from the great vintages to bother with this.
You couldn't find anything more profound?

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Sep 14, 2006 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

why? were you looking at another excuse to listen to your barton hall tape?

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Sep 15, 2006 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Oprahs Pick -1 is now an active torrent at >> http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=27493

slow right now -10:30am- a few other upcoming great shows are being seeded, meanwhile the stream sounds solid (set 2 awaits-i enjoy anticipation-lol) now to take a 4:20 jog...

any SFBay Area heads doing the Bridge to Bridge?

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 14, 2006 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

So, I guess you're taking this week off. That's OK. See you next week! Perhaps Oprah's next pick will suit your taste. :)

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Poster: esreveRDelay Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Don't let me minglewood you blue. Just relax. This is just fun and I'm not serious.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Sep 14, 2006 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Listen to the music play! I'm quite happy to find new inspiring jams from 85! i can't "judge" it without a listening, aye?
anyway, I've requested a re-seed from gearfab @ www.shnflac.net. For the torrent friendly...


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Poster: sydthecat Date: Sep 14, 2006 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

The Picky Deadheads Association of Toronto, ON will be sending you a handcrafted bronzed NAK mic circa 1985 (sorry about the 1985 thing it's the only one we have). ;)

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 14, 2006 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Point well taken, but I decided to split the middle for a wide age range of posters - some who only know 70's shows, and some who only saw 90-91 shows. Next week will be from your favorite
(and mine) era, so stay tuned!
I have been slowly converted to an 80's lover, esp. since I got my DSL this summer. You kinda have to adjust your attitiude and ears to jump from say, a fall 1973 show to 1985.
I hope to sample ALL the 80's as we go, not just pick my favorite years, to be fair and keep it interesting.
cheers,
The Dr.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 15, 2006 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Great pick Doctor!! '85 is not one of my favorite years, but i truly like this show - had never heard it. Big highlights are Stranger, brent's keys in the Birdsong jam, the 1/2 step>franklins is great to start the show, super jam out of a slightly botched crazy fingers (like the couple of little other one teases), and a wonderful wharf rat.
Brent just shines during this entire show - seemed to be the standout of the group on this particular night.
Like others have said, the sailor>saint is a momentum killer - really have never liked either song much. And Johnny-B-Goothefuckaway is just annoying at any show (just my opinion though).

All in all, a great pick to begin the Oprah series - thanks for bringing the show to my attention. peace

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I was lucky enough to catch 3 Dead shows and One Zappa show at the Fox in '78 when I was attending Univ of South Carolina, Columbia, it is a beautiful old Movie theater from the hey day of film making, with an Egyptian motif (I remember large Thrones in the Foyer), purple velvet bathrooms (back then anyway) and a ceiling painted with clouds and stars glittering in the "sky'. It also is a very historic setting as the theater that held the premier of Gone With The Wind in the 30's.

I must say, however, that I am underwhelmed by this week's selection, and I disagree with the Dr's assertion that '85 was somehow a culmination of the Brent era. For me the peak Brent years are Fall of '79, late 80-83, with a ressurgence from 89-90. There are other great Fox shows that I prefer to this one, particularly the '77 show, but that is just one guy's opinion.

For me, this is a pretty good show from an unremarkable year. I do really like the Bird Song and Deal. The second set is stronger, I do like the Crazy Fingers and the post drums is nice too with a very nicely done Wheel>Other One>Wharf Rat. All in all, a nice show, but nothing that really stands out to me.

Having said that, I certainly do not expect to be in complete agreement with all the selections in this project, and I, for one, love to see and express honest opinions, both positive and negative, as long as they are civil. I know that there are very few shows that will please all of us and I am sure that there are very many here who will love this show. I look forward to the upcoming shows over the ensuing months. And I am confident that the Dr. will continue to make selections that keep the discussions lively and unpredictable.


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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Sep 14, 2006 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks for the memories of the Fox - velvet bathrooms, yes!!
I can't really disagree PGel, I've been deep into 82-83 lately, probably my next 80's pick will be one of these - awfully strong shows. And indeed 1984 was a bit of a lapse. But how much of June 85 or Nov 85 have you heard? I've found some suprisingly good shows in there.
Plus, however much stock one puts in Deadbase, the survey graph for favorite year puts 1985 waaay up there. Just wanted to pick something a little from left field. I've got plenty of the old chestnuts on my list as well - unfortunately many of my top ten for the 69-72 period are not on LAMA any more, so I'm gonna have to dig deeper.
be well,
The Dr. :-)

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I appreciate the effort and research you have put into all this, Doc. As you know so much about the band is personal taste and preferences, one person's stellar show/year is another's dog, that's what makes this project so potentially fascinating and fun!! Keep up the good work.

I attended about 20 shows in '85, including the Greeks, Frost Amphitheater, Irvine, Ventura,the late summer Texas and Midwest/Rockies shows and New Years. most of my shows after 1980 were West of the Mississippi, but I did make occassional forays to the East Coast on Occassion. I have heard some of june and October, but not all.

By the way, I personally love '81, it was a stellar year for me and I think iyt has some of the most overlooked shows of the Brent era.

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Poster: sperry Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Brent was fine in those years, wasn't he?
That, and 83,84,85........

cheers
S

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I know you can pick better then this one! I would have like to have seen the 10/25 or 10/26 (listen to C/R from 10/26) if you were going to pick something from the fall run; two shows where an excellent tape doesn't circulate on the archive, but at least one does elsewhere. The 2nd set of 10/29 starts off wonderful, but nothing past Franklins really does it for me. The crazy fingers is not one of the stronger version of the year compared to spring/summer.

I think with your picks you don't have to worry about sound quality as much as you normally would in a recommendation. We are all ears here, and we'll be listening intently to see what shines insides your pics. I can deal with slightly inferior sound quality on your pics if there is magic inside what you recommend.

And keep the 80's coming. I am really looking forward to see what you pull out from '84 and '86.

FYI - there is an amazing charlie miller remaster of 10/29 out there if anyone are looking to dl this one.

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Poster: Equinox49 Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

I have been listening to the boys for years amd honestly have never heard anything I don't like. I always love to listen to shows that others suggest as I love everything they ever did up until the very end. I tend to listenharder when someone else recommends it. But there is one thing you always have to do, CRANK IT UP until the neighbors can hear!

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Poster: blkpeter1 Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks doc, great choice just got in its been a long night. I could use a show right about now.

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Sep 15, 2006 4:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks a bunch Doc for your glowing review of THE ONLY DEAD SHOW I GOT SHUT OUT OF!!! You picked a 21 year old scab that was just starting to heal.

Next perhaps you could write glowingly about the Greek 85 run for which I still have unused tickets :(

(nice review idea though)

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 14, 2006 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

WOW! I couldn't have asked for anything more! Thanks for the extra effort Dr. Flashback! The Oprah has spoken.

Now, as far as when to post thoughts. I mention this because if the remarks just trickle-in over a period of time, we won't have a concentrated forum/conversation.

I suggest we reserve comment until most have had a chance to listen. Say next Monday? That way, any suprises within the show won't be spoiled for late-listeners. Also, if we all come in at one time, the debates will rage.

Again, this "club" belongs to all who participate, so please offer any suggestions you may have!!

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Poster: blkpeter1 Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Alright Just got the pick, I guess the doc is in.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Sep 14, 2006 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Parts of the show very nice- Terrific BIrdsong and Stranger- But Sailor-Saint ruins it all for me- hated it then- hate it now- ruined many a mid-80's show for me

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks Oprah! I needed some rock & roll today. Just finished streaming Deal. Just what the Doctor ordered.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Sorry ... checking in late, 'cause i had school tonite, but i'm in the pilot seat now, and went right to dr. flashback's post "oprah's picks #1 10/29/85", and first i was scared by the length of the doc's posting because i gotta tell you these days my attention span is all over the place and i like things in quick doses, easily absorbable into my overworked brain. However, i'm pretty excited about this first choice, largely due to two reasons: 1) it's recommended by someone deeply knowledgeable 'bout the Dead, and 2) i am a virgin to the show (though i have heard the 28th). Yes, i admit it, i have not yet listened to this show. So way cool.

And dr., thank you so much for your taking up the Oprah Mantle. I'm not jesting around. It's so very cool of you and i applaud your first choice and will listen closely and be ready to comment come next Monday (good call 'high flow').

Leave it on!

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Poster: lostmoon Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Starting with FOTD is good enough for me.
I may never make it through the entire show, but by me, I liked the 80's and enjoy the pick.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 15, 2006 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Some folks would bitch if you hung 'em with a new rope. This pick is one of the finer post 1980 shows I've heard. Great sound quality, decent singing, pretty tight tempos and guitars out front in the mix...here's a toast to THE OPRAH.

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Poster: Driftin N Dreamin Date: Sep 15, 2006 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

"Some folks would bitch if you hung 'em with a new rope. "

Not sure I understand the reference.... would you be happy to be hung by a new rope??? Wouldn't a new rope itch your neck before you were dropped? Or maybe an old rope wouldn't snap your neck as efficiently......I'M SO CONFUSED...... decisions decisions.......I think the important fact here is that YOU"RE BEING HUNG!!!!! I would bitch either way. :)

Anyway, I thought the idea here was to get people to listen and discuss the various shows. I prefer to read thoughtful criticisms than the mindless "everything the Dead ever did was a gift from God, and if you don't love it all equally you aren't a true Deadhead" crap that I see so often in reviews.

IMO this is a nice little show to get started with, nothing stellar but a good listen. I will agree with a previous poster that for our purposes sound quality should not be the deciding factor. Nothing unlistenable, but let's concentrate on musical quality.



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Poster: MysticTraveler Date: Sep 15, 2006 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

AGREED

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Poster: esreveRDelay Date: Sep 14, 2006 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

This is very exciting. Ga-moe-tee. That's greek, welcome to the theatre. Neeeeexxxxtttt.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 14, 2006 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Yes, all hail the new Oprah. I for one am hungry for something 82-85, my peak touring years. I know there were great shows in there, cause I was there, and they felt great at the time!!! At least i think they did. Also, the Fox always meant for a great night, a nice drive down from Hampton or DC.
Nice job.....

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Sep 14, 2006 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

You want a nugget from 1982?

Try the APril snowstorm Spectrum Show 4/6/82Cold Rain and SNow opener (of course)- great first set- then hold onto your pants for set 2- it is just about the best set two of the year, with a blazing duel between jerry and brent on Shakedown. Post drums is one of the finest not just of the year but of the first half of the eighties, with a outrageously good dew- Spectrum and Dew- made for each other- check out how many times Dew was ever played- especially from 1980 onward- you will see the Spectrum as one of the more frequent venues where this song was played- MSG too

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Poster: gdave Date: Sep 14, 2006 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Thanks dr. I think this is an excellent choice. I have not listened to this show in probably at least 5-6 years, but it was once one of my favorites from 85, probably my favorite year of the 80s. Definitely psyched about listening to this show again.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 14, 2006 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Yea, i always hated sailor-saint too,
BUT, I did have a kind heart for Hell in a Bucket - don't know why, but sometimes Jerry's guitar sounded cool....

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Poster: tbrad Date: Sep 14, 2006 6:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Being too young to have seen the boys any earlier than '85 (my first show was in '86 at the age of 16), I have fond memories of the eighties.
I like the nice, airy feel to a lot of the shows of this period.
Strong first set stretch with Franklin's Tower-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Crazy Fingers.
Great Other One. Love the Brokedown Palace encore.

No, it's not 5-8-77 and it's not from my favorite year ('73) - but this one brings back memories. Thanks for defying my expectations.

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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

that made me really wanted to hear that show. i think ill listen to it now. thanks man.

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Poster: Bird Creek, Alaska Date: Sep 15, 2006 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #1 10/29/85

Nice choice. My ears don't hear much of 1985.
FOD stands out for me. Still prefer the 1970's.
Keep up the good work good Dr!